Matteo Guendouzi

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Matteo Guendouzi
Arsenal players training before 2019 UEFA Europa League final 08 (cropped).jpg
Guendouzi playing for Arsenal in 2019
Personal information
Full name Matteo Elias Kenzo Guendouzi Olié[1]
Date of birth (1999-04-14) 14 April 1999 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Poissy, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[3]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Marseille
(on loan from Arsenal)
Number 6
Youth career
2005–2014 Paris Saint-Germain
2014–2016 Lorient
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 Lorient II 24 (0)
2016–2018 Lorient 26 (0)
2018– Arsenal 57 (0)
2020–2021Hertha BSC (loan) 24 (2)
2021–Marseille (loan) 19 (2)
National team
2016–2017 France U18 7 (0)
2017 France U19 2 (1)
2017–2018 France U20 3 (1)
2018–2021 France U21 20 (1)
2021– France 1 (0)
Honours
Men's football
Representing  France
UEFA Nations League
Winner 2021 Italy
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:29, 7 January 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:29, 16 November 2021 (UTC)

Matteo Elias Kenzo Guendouzi Olié ([mateo ɡɛnduzi] (audio speaker iconlisten); born 14 April 1999) is a French professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Ligue 1 club Marseille, on loan from Premier League club Arsenal, and the France national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Guendouzi started his career at the academy of Paris Saint-Germain at the age of 6. He left Paris to join Lorient's academy in 2014. After representing the Lorient reserve team, he was promoted to the first team in 2016.

Lorient[edit]

Guendouzi made his debut for Lorient on 15 October 2016, in the Ligue 1 match against Nantes in a 1–2 defeat. He played nine times in all competitions,[4] during his debut season of 2016–17 as Lorient were relegated to the second tier at the end of the season.[5][6]

In the 2017–18 season, Guendouzi featured 21 times for Lorient as they missed out on promotion, finishing seventh in Ligue 2.[7]

Arsenal[edit]

Guendouzi playing for Arsenal in 2018

On 11 July 2018, during the summer transfer window, it was announced that Guendouzi had joined Premier League club Arsenal for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £7m plus bonuses.[8] Head coach Unai Emery said: He is a talented young player and a lot of clubs were interested in him. He has big potential and gained good first-team experience last season with Lorient. He wants to learn and improve and will be an important part of our first-team squad".[9] On 12 August 2018, Guendouzi made his Premier League debut in Arsenal's opening fixture of the season against defending Champions Manchester City where he made 72 touches, the most for his team. They lost the match 0–2.[10] Guendouzi scored the first professional goal of his career on 4 October 2018, rounding off the scoring in Arsenal's 3–0 away win over Qarabağ, a low drive from just inside the penalty area, after an assist from Alexandre Lacazette.[11] On 29 May 2019, Guendouzi came off the bench in the Europa League final against Chelsea, in which Arsenal eventually lost 1-4.[12]

On 20 June 2020, following a post-match altercation with Brighton player Neal Maupay, Guendouzi was excluded from Arsenal training and left out of the club's match-day squads due to a history of issues with his "attitude and general conduct."[13]

Hertha BSC (loan)[edit]

On 5 October 2020, Arsenal announced that Guendouzi would be loaned out to Hertha BSC for the duration of the 2020–21 season.[14] On 1 November 2020, Guendouzi made his debut in a 1–1 draw against VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.[15] On 12 December 2020, he scored his first goal for the club and in the Bundesliga against Borussia Mönchengladbach, the game ended in a 1–1 draw.[16]

Marseille (loan)[edit]

On 6 July 2021, it was announced that Guendouzi was loaned out to Ligue 1 club Marseille for the 2021–22 Ligue 1 season. The deal included an option-to-buy depending on certain conditions being met.[17] He enjoyed a good start to his Marseille career, quickly gaining the appreciation of fans through both his play,[18] and his personality in standing up for the team - including during a match against Nice, when he protected team-mate Dimitri Payet from fans who rushed onto the pitch, gaining strangle marks on his neck in the process.[19]

International career[edit]

Guendouzi was born in a suburb of Paris, France. He has represented France at levels up to France U20s.[7] With partial Moroccan heritage, Guendouzi was approached by Morocco manager Hervé Renard in 2017 to change allegiances to play for the Morocco national team. However, after Guendouzi's father met Renard in March 2017, Guendouzi decided to remain and pledge allegiance to France.[20]

On 2 September 2019, Guendouzi was called up to the French senior side for the first time to replace the injured Paul Pogba for UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania and Andorra.[21] However, he was an unused substitute in both matches.

He was recalled to the France side on 1 September 2021, to replace the injured Corentin Tolisso for World Cup Qualification matches against Bosnia, Ukraine and Finland.[22]

He made his debut on 16 November 2021 in a World Cup qualifier against Finland.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Matteo Guendouzi has a Moroccan father and French mother, he is the brother of Milan who also is a footballer.[24]

Guendouzi is married to Mae Rfsk and the couple had their first daughter in May 2021.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 7 November 2021[26]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lorient II 2015–16 CFA 6 0 6 0
2016–17 CFA 17 0 17 0
2017–18 Championnat National 2 1 0 1 0
Total 24 0 24 0
Lorient 2016–17 Ligue 1 8 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
2017–18 Ligue 2 18 0 1 0 2 0 21 0
Total 26 0 2 0 2 0 30 0
Arsenal 2018–19 Premier League 33 0 1 0 3 0 11[a] 1 48 1
2019–20 Premier League 24 0 3 0 1 0 6[a] 0 34 0
Total 57 0 4 0 4 0 17 1 82 1
Hertha BSC (loan) 2020–21 Bundesliga 24 2 0 0 24 2
Marseille (loan) 2021–22 Ligue 1 18 2 1 0 6[a] 0 25 2
Career total 149 4 7 0 6 0 2 1 185 5
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 16 November 2021[27]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2021 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

Arsenal

France

References[edit]

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    "Matteo Guendouzi". L'Équipe (in French). Paris. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Matteo Guendouzi" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Matteo Guendouzi: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Matteo Guendouzi in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Troyes promoted to Ligue 1". beIN SPORTS Australia. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  6. ^ "French Football League – FC LORIENT". Ligue1.com. Archived from the original on 9 July 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Arsenal in talks with France U20 midfielder Matteo Guendouzi". Sky Sports. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  8. ^ Wheatley, Chris (11 July 2018). "Who is Matteo Guendouzi? The French teenage wonderkid who has joined Arsenal". Goal. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Matteo Guendouzi joins the club". Arsenal F.C. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Arsenal 0–2 Man City: Unai Emery's opener is a reality check for Arsenal". BBC Sport. 12 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  11. ^ Henry, Matthew (4 October 2018). "Qarabag 0–3 Arsenal: Emile Smith Rowe scores first goal in Europa League win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Chelsea beat Arsenal to win Europa League". BBC Sport (in British English). Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  13. ^ Ornstein, David. "Guendouzi hasn't trained with Arsenal first team for two..." The Athletic. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  14. ^ "Matteo Guendouzi joins Hertha Berlin on loan". Arsenal F.C. 5 October 2020. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  15. ^ "Hertha Berlin rue missed chances in draw with unbeaten Wolfsburg". bundesliga.com - the official Bundesliga website. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  16. ^ "Breel Embolo earns Gladbach a point after Matteo Guendouzi opens Hertha Berlin account". bundesliga.com - the official Bundesliga website. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  17. ^ "Matteo Guendouzi: Marseille complete loan signing of midfielder from Arsenal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  18. ^ Law, Joshua (31 August 2021). "Arsenal fans look away, Guendouzi and Saliba are shining at Marseille". Planet Football (in American English). Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  19. ^ 161385360554578 (23 August 2021). "Fans fight players in Nice vs Marseille match after Payet is hit with bottle". talkSPORT (in American English). Retrieved 1 September 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  20. ^ Scoulino (1 March 2017). "Maroc : Renard tourne la page de Guendouzi" [Morocco: Renard turns the page of Guendouzi]. Orange Football Club (in French). Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  21. ^ "Bleus : Mattéo Guendouzi appelé à la place de Paul Pogba, forfait". L'Équipe. 2 September 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  22. ^ "Injured Kante and Tolisso to miss France World Cup qualifiers". Reuters. 1 September 2021. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  23. ^ "Finland v France game report". FIFA. 16 November 2021. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  24. ^ Hurley, Lee (18 August 2019). "Meet Matteo Guendouzi's little brother Milan". Daily Cannon. Retrieved 10 February 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  25. ^ "Matteo Guendouzi Wife - Mae Rfsk". ohmyfootball.com. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  26. ^ "M. Guendouzi: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  27. ^ "Mattéo Guendouzi". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  28. ^ Bevan, Chris (29 May 2019). "Chelsea 4–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  29. ^ "France beat Spain to win Nations League". UEFA. 10 October 2021. Retrieved 10 October 2021.

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